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Today's News

  • Tech-nicolor Tide takes field

     The guys wearing the Virginia Tech colors of Chicago maroon and burnt orange have pretty high hopes for the 2009 football season.

  • Slow finish to a solid start

    HILLSVILLE -- Maybe there’s something to be said for quitting while you’re ahead. Carroll County had a downer of a finish to its first scrimmage of the year, but it didn’t lessen the strides made on the day as a whole in the eyes of Cavalier head coach Tom Hale. “Up to the last two possessions I felt like we had a very solid scrimmage,” said Hale after his

  • Carroll downed in Dixie

    SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. -- Carroll County certainly hoped for better. The team had played better in reaching the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series, and the Cavaliers expected better things once getting to southern Alabama.

    The most important thing that was better, though, was the level of baseball being played.

    The first team to represent Carroll County in a Dixie World Series in more than 20 years, Carroll County was eliminated after suffering losses Saturday and Sunday at G.W. Long High School, falling to Collierville, Tenn., 9-1 and then Duplin County, N.C. 11-1.

  • Comvention making a comeback

    Registration for the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention has increased for the second year in a row, rising from 1,817 last year to 1,905.

    Until 2008, the convention had been experiencing a five-year slump.

    The upward trend is encouraging to the Galax Moose Lodge #733, organizers of the 74-year-old event.

    A total of 88 more contestants signed up, compared to an increase of 52 contestants last year.

    Registrations for 2007 were down 130 from the previous year.

  • Honoring Legendary Banjo Player Kyle Creed

    Though local Kevin Fore never got to meet local old-time music legend Kyle Creed, who passed away in 1982, the banjo player forever changed Fore's life.

    To Fore, Creed was his hero and he would have given anything to meet him. In fact, Creed is the reason Fore got interested in the banjo and the reason he started hand-making some of his own instruments using the Kyle Creed method.

  • Moonshine, pot and guns seized

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll County Sheriff's Office located and confiscated 18 marijuana plants during a marijuana eradication Aug. 4, which led to several charges against a Cana man, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.

    The plants had an estimated street value of $18,000.

    Deputy Chuck Edwards spotted the marijuana plants from a Virginia National Guard helicopter brought in to assist the effort. Deputies also looked closer in the yard of Donald McMillian of Wards Gap Road in Cana, due to a plant there.

  • Police search for bank robber

    HILLSVILLE — Police continue to seek leads on the bank robber who hit the Hillsville branch of Grayson National Bank last Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

    A robber dressed in cover-alls with his face well-hidden by large sunglasses, bandanna and baseball cap demanded and received an undisclosed amount of money from the bank.

    With the investigation continuing, the Hillsville Police Department has issued a more thorough description of the suspect's vehicle.

  • Hammer confesses to more murders

    CLIFTON, N.C. — Freddie Hammer, who is serving five consecutive life sentences for three Grayson County murders, has confessed to two other murders in Ashe County, N.C. police say.

    Police say remains of Jimmy Blevins, a Crumpler man missing since 2007, were found in Clifton, a few miles from Warrensville, on Tuesday morning.

    Hammer has also admitted to the murder of Timothy Shatley, police said.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/10/09

    Congress poised to raise taxes

    Many Americans are beginning to question whether our elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, have abandoned their constituents to pursue a party-oriented agenda.

    It seems that no matter how loud and often citizens demand a return to a common sense approach to governing, very few elected officials are listening.

    Rep. Rick Boucher is charged with the responsibility of acting in the best interest of the 9th District, but refuses to talk directly to individuals he represents.

  • Town finds detour around county fee increase

    HILLSVILLE — The vehicle decal fee for Hillsville will rise by $10, but town residents will receive that same amount back in credits.

    Town officials felt it was better to increase the vehicle fee themselves, rather than Hillsville residents having to pay that amount to the county.